Robert Bailey has been involved in cultural resource planning, management, and research since 1972. His arts consulting career has brought professional planning, management and coordination to the development of scores of projects. Prior to establishing AMS Planning & Research in 1988, he operated his own arts management consulting firm in Canada and California.
Some recent planning projects that he has directed include: market research for the West Kowloon Performing Arts project, a 15 theater $US 2.6 billion arts complex in China, a cultural facilities master plan for Salt Lake County, and feasibility studies and project planning for the Lear Theater (Reno, Nevada), the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Oregon City, Oregon), the Museum of Neon Art (Los Angeles, California), the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park (Washington), and the Kingman Center for the Performing Arts (Kingman, Arizona).
Bob has a particular wealth of experience in the area of historic preservation and adaptive re-use of buildings for the arts. He is the author of the widely acclaimed ENCORE: Recycling Public Buildings for the Arts, which details historic preservation and renovation projects throughout Canada. He was a contributor to Conversion Frontiers: Military Bases and Other Opportunities for Artists (1997) and is a frequent speaker on arts facility planning at conferences and seminars nationally.
Bob is a graduate of the MBA Program in Arts Administration at York University in Toronto. Upon graduation, he worked in project management positions at the National Ballet of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He was Assistant Director of the York University Arts Administration program from 1974 to 1976. Bob continues his academic involvement at Sonoma State University, where he lectures on arts planning and management. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Petaluma Arts Center and on the Advisory Board for ProSource, a Miami-based corporation providing back-office and financial services to businesses and non-profit organizations.